The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Shehu Sani, a critic of the president Muhammadu Buhari government, for alleged extortion, Cole Michael an aide to the former senator has told the press on Tuesday.
Mr. Sani had represented Kaduna Central in the Nigerian Senate between 2011 and 2015.
His arrest comes barely 24 hours after he said Nigerians will experience more hardship under President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.
He had accused the current administration of blaming past governments for the situation of the country, saying things will not improve even if Buhari is given additional 50 years to rule.
“Nigerians are suffering and because the people in government have asked them to persevere. But the truth of the matter is that, none of the leaders’ children are suffering, none of their wives are suffering,” Sani had said in an interview on a Kaduna-based radio station.
Sani added, “So, it is disturbing to note that, some sections of the masses are deceiving themselves by thinking that, the leaders love them, and the leaders are also suffering like themselves.
“This should stop complaining to Nigerians that, they met Nigeria is bad shape. If things were in good shape in the first place, you won’t be called to come and rule. Whoever looks at history and see the time that, past leaders like Sardauna came into power, they did a lot.
“But if you give this present government 50 more years to rule, this is how the masses will suffer for those 50 years. The masses are being deceived with promises.”